New York (AP) – People Traveled all over the country and stood in a long line to publicly honor Sisley Tyson on Monday.
As Monday morning began, fans of the leading black actor were already lined up blocks outside the famous Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Some said they came there from Atlanta or Los Angeles.
Many in the multicultural crowd took photographs of Tyson, who died on 28 January New York– Betty’s actor was 96.
Her family said that viewing masks and social distance would be required.
Tyson was the first black woman to have a recurring role in the 1963 drama “East East, West Side”, a theatrical television series.
Her performance as a sharecropper’s wife in the 1972 film “Sounder” solidified her stardom and earned her an Oscar nomination.
She went on to win two Emmy Awards for playing the 110-year-old former slave in the 1974 television drama “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman” and another Emmy for “Oldest Living Confederate Widdow Tailors” 20 years later.
At the age of 88, Tyson won the Tony Award for the 2013 revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful”.
President Barack Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 2016.
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